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Ilya Kovalchuk is hurting, will miss Game 2

May 1, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

Ilya Kovalchuk AP

A surprise out of Philly this morning as Devils GM Lou Lamoriello addressed the media regarding the condition of Ilya Kovalchuk.

Lamoriello says Kovalchuk will miss tonight’s Game 2 against the Flyers thanks to a lower body injury, an ailment he developed during the first round against Florida. Kovalchuk looked less-than stellar in Game 1 and has appeared to play hurt through most of the playoffs. Lamoriello says Kovalchuk is day-to-day.

Whenever he’s been asked about whether he’s hurt or not, Kovalchuk has said he’s perfectly healthy. When he was pressed about his health after Game 1, however, he bristled at the question continuing to insist he was fine.

Seeing is believing, however, and now the Devils will have to make due without one of their most important players. Taking Kovalchuk’s spot in the lineup will be Tim Sestito and finding a way to juggle the lines without Kovalchuk will be a tall task for coach Peter DeBoer.

  1. test2402 - May 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM


  2. govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Couturier: “…So NOW what to I do with my evening?”

    • barkar942 - May 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Go play with Parise.

  3. flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Caption Contest on that picture….go!

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      “And I would have gotten away with it if not for that meddling kid!”

      (who wears number 14 in Orange and Black)

    • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      “I FOUND A QUARTER!!!”

    • psudu - May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      YES! Now I will finally have some space from Couturier!

    • Jonny 5 - May 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      OWWW, Those hot wings I had last night are killing my bunghole!

      • barkar942 - May 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        YES! Can you believe that the Devils are paying me all of this money to play as crappy as I do?

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      That goal just cost NJ $3M!!!

  4. dkphilly1122 - May 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Haha, Gov. Exactly!! Yet Kovalchuk kept saying he was fine……..Devils lose with or without him either way and lose the series by Sunday night anyhow, so he’ll be pain free shortly regardless. Flyers are gonna wreck havoc tonight!!

  5. couturierfellatesguys - May 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    filthy you fans are getting cocky, I thnk its about time you get knocked down a few pegs like that 10-3 loss the franchise handed you

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      There are several people in this world that I find unbearably obnoxious, and you are all of them.

      • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        Owww, laughed coffee through nose!!! Damn you, flyers88!!! 😀

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        I’m here all week, tip your server, try the veal.

      • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        You hate him how about this one for you poor a$$ sport philly fans do you know how Kate Smith died she choked one one of those tasty cakes you fat losers love so much.

      • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        That’s pretty classy, hatetheflyers… you’re what’s wrong with sports fans, you know that?

      • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        No philly fans are what is wrong with sport fans they talk much smack and then when you talk it back they cry like little girls.

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        looks like someones a bit nervoussssssssssssssss. time to spew the hate! you are actually what makes rivalry series enjoyable….good luck to your team tonight

      • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Here is another one for you how many flyers do you take fishing? Depends how many can you get caught in the propeller.

      • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Hey flyergoalscoredby88 do you remember Scott Stevens I bet Lindros doesn’t hahahha.

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      you would be less obvious if you dropped the 10-3 loss…just sayin…

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        I would have said “less palpable” but i didnt feel like copy and pasting more definitions…

      • tcclark - May 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        He changed the user name after he realized he didn’t know what herpes were…

    • wicky888 - May 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      To everyone who keeps giving this guys comments a thumbs down: Thats what he’s trying to do, see how many thumbs down he can get so he knows he’s getting under our skin. He’s probably a 12 year old kid. Just ignore him and he will go away

  6. broadstbully33 - May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    you forgot your 1975 comment. geno herpes or whatever name ur using today just out of curiosity how many names on here do you have. i know its a long vaca for pity fans but u gotta get a life…..pens had 1 good game out of 6 so u keep that game and watch it all summer while philly plays in new games…i understand your vagina hurts and cindy isnt on tv to make you feel better because he is to busy carrying girouxs jockstrap from city to city….

    • BrandonConley - May 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Owned.. by a FLYER!

    • whlskey - May 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Well considering he has 8 likes for his above comment, I’d say that puts him at no less than 8 different names.

  7. devilsfan54 - May 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I love Philly fans. You really sense that 2001-2004 Eagle feeling with the Flyers recently. They will forever be a bridesmaid but never a bride. 1975 was so long ago. Especially with the Phillies stinking it up on the baseball diamond, they may need to ride this Flyer bandwagon as long as it goes. NJ is resilient, they are less skilled then Philly but they will fight. Honestly though, with Bryz, I don’t think Philly goes to the cup this year, he’s awful. Almost as bad as Fleury in round 1, but no one has ever been that bad.

    • Jonny 5 - May 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Say what now?

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Flyers? Bandwagon? Really? I mean, I’m not accusing anyone of being on the Devils’ bandwagon…considering you didn’t sell out a Stanley Cup Finals game despite being less than an hour from NYC by train (or 12 hours by car), but still…Flyers fans are bandwagoners? That just doesn’t pass any test.

      I know quite a few NJD fans, and you reflect poorly on all of them. At least when most of them talk trash they’re funny.

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      devilsfan….as a teacher of children with disabilities, I find you a despicable human being. Not only referring to Philly fans as “retards” and “queers” but constantly making excuses as to how the armpit of america is better than the former nations capital…grow up, get a life, and try to come up with more clever ways to bash the Philadelphia fanbase without the use of words that are hurtful and disgusting to an entire demographic of AMERICANS…karma my friend. karma.

      • devilsfan54 - May 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        I never said “retard” nor “queer” in my post. I said bandwagon.

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        devilsfan44 said: Hey philly retards he played against the parise elias zubrus line,way to play attention front runnnin querrs!

        I’ll take you at your word, but these two sign in names have strikingly similar qualities wouldn’t you say?

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        not to mention how you constantly call the fans of Philadelphia “front runners” and “bandwagon jumpers”…but I could be mistaken…just a lot of coincedences I guess..

      • obamablowz - May 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Melonhead….If indeed you are a teacher for children with disabilities….what does it say about you lowering yourself to his level?

        “Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Why would I lie about that? and how have I “stooped” to anyones level by pointing out his ignorant and vile comments?? This person is a disgusting human being, and I find it highly offensive when words such as the ones I quoted above are used to degrade other people….In no way have I “argued” I simply stated my case, backed it up with evidence, and have since moved on….until your comment that is…

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        “inferring” is not the same as “arguing”….ok NOW I can move on….whew…I feel better…

      • obamablowz - May 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        “grow up, get a life” sounds like a child not a teacher….no biggie, you’re one who lets words hurt them I get it. I suppose I’m not the sensitive type. LETS GO FLYERS

      • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        certain words are “disgusting and vile” and shouldn’t be uttered…it is insensative to those less fortunate than you and I…They’re still happy and Flyered up regardless, so instead of fighting with me enjoy the ride…and it is OK you don’t get it…one common goal for the city we love…

    • ll8078 - May 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      haha look at attendance records, and tell me who the real bandwagoners are.

    • wicky888 - May 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      hahaha thats funny. I would call Devils fans frontrunners too ….. if there were any.

    • ml3939 - May 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Bandwagon? You are about too lose one of your 2 teams and the Devils seem to be the least favorite hockey team in NJ. South Jersey supports the Flyers, North Jersey the Rangers. You and your 4 buddies are the lone Devils fans in the state. I am shocked they can even sell out playoff games. It is a good team the opposing teams can draw some interest.

      You comment on the Phillies, how is your baseball team doing? The New Jersey So-and-So’s are just couple of players away from… nothing

      • mj2sexay - May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Most Devils fans also root for the Yankees…maybe you heard of them in 2009.

        North Jersey absolutely does not support the Rangers. Don’t know where that came from. Maybe the northernmost tip (Hackensack, Ft. Lee) but I can tell you if you head to Sports Minded Unlimited for a Devils signing which could be considered somewhere between Central and Northern New Jersey, or even head a little south down the Parkway to Park East which is smack dab in central jersey, you will see lines out the @$$. Round 1 against Florida the building was loaded, and I’m pretty sure there were many patrons from North and Central Jersey,

        South Jersey (Mt. Laurel/Cherry Hill on down) is Flyers country but even a Jersey-ite will tell you that’s the butt-hole part of our state that no one cares about except when they want to go gamble or visit a blueberry farm.

      • ml3939 - May 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Please, tell me all about the New Jersey Yankees. I have not heard of them.

        You talk about selling out playoff games like that is an accomplishment- it is expected. Way to set the bar high.

  8. martysbetter - May 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Its funny how Flyer fans are the new “soupcan army” on here now, you idiots became exactly who you were complaining about.

    Sucks we lost our top goal scorer, not sure who is going to cover all that ice time.

    Maybe someone can step up and steal a game in this series, rather not go out on a sweep.

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      “we”… signing checks?

    • lasallehockey81 - May 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Not sure how you figure that at all. The “army” is one kid with different names… Who game himself a name in reference to the “size” of Sidney Crosby. Flyers’ fans are multiple people with no nickname. I think what you’re seeing is the fact that the fans are pretty much assuming you guys have no chance. By the sound of your comment and the 1 other Devils fan that exists on here… You see the same thing.

  9. uncledick - May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    He has to be less than 75% then, i think any better than that and they let him play. I think he will miss more than one game.

    • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      I’d have to agree. If it were a minor thing, well, this isn’t the time of year you sit because you’re a little sore. If it’s enough to make you sit one game, it’s probably going to keep you out for longer. Or if it IS minor and you’re sitting, you need to take a good long look at players like Patrice Bergeron and Joe Thornton and figure out what makes them keep playing when you don’t.

  10. mj2sexay - May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    For all the obnoxious Flyer fans already trumpeting victory and looking forward to the Eastern Conference Finals, just remember that in Game 1 for two periods your team pounded the Devils from pillar to post and it still wasn’t won until OT. This is a resilient Devils group, and if they go out and steal Game 2 tonight, then the series takes an entirely different complexion.

    And for all the bravado I’m seeing from the South Jersey/Philly crowd (otherwise known as the REAL armpit of America), do I really need to provide a cup count from 95 on? Please.

    I’m already dreading when you pieces of trash attempt to invade The Rock on Thursday because I can already see the stink lines emanating from one of those fat bearded hags you people call women.

    • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Enough with the armpit of America crap. You guys live, what, an hour’s drive apart? Pot, kettle.

      Besides, I’ve been to Kansas- if that’s not the armpit, I don’t know what is. 😉

      • mj2sexay - May 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM


      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Where I live in Philly is literally a bridge from NJ. Of course, you only pay a toll to leave jersey…they let you in for free.

        You know why leaving NYC sucks? The light at the end of the tunnel is jersey.

        This is too easy.

    • lasallehockey81 - May 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      I’d like to remind you that “The Rock” is in Newark…calm down… To buy crack, You literally can walk 45 feet. You’d have to at least drive about 10 minutes from the Wells Fargo to make that purchase.

    • whlskey - May 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Obviously you’ve never been to a game at Wells Fargo or Citizens Bank Park, because when I’m there I tend to fall in love at least 4-27 times during the span of just one game. And I’m not talking fat bearded circus women as you call them up in North Jersey, I like to call them the Beautiful Broads down on Broad St. I mean even the Flyers and Phillies organizations only hire the best when it comes to the ice girls and ball girls they employ, whereas most other sports franchises tend to hire ice and ball boys and I’m going to assume the Devils call them boys as well.

  11. mclovinhockey - May 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Do you really have so little to do in your life that you make multiple profiles that attack certain players and teams.
    How about just make one profile to support your team (not a player) like anyone who has a life would do.
    Oh and very classy thing to insult someone who died.
    Anyway just cause kovy is out does not mean this round got easier. The devils are a good D team, we need to win tonight and take advantage of this situation. Them taking out an injured player will help their team. Coots needs to cover parise tonight, that guy is a scary good player. Crash the net and we will win game 2.

    • martysbetter - May 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Not having Kovy isn’t what makes it easier for the Flyers, its having Peter Harrold taking over the point on the PP and giving 19 year old Adam Larsson major minutes on the blue line after only playing in 1 of the teams last 14 games.

      Larsson is going to get mauled tonight.

  12. mj2sexay - May 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I assure you sir, with the disparity between central and southern New Jersey (or south New York and North Philly in terms of sports allegiances) you’d think you’d have driven from one end of the earth to the other.

  13. couturierfellatesguys - May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    hatetheflyers that was halarius and genious!! these flyer fans think they won the cup already! I guess this is just a tiny slice since 1975. poor filthi!!! hahahaha

  14. hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The funny thing is I don’t hate the flyers I just hate the fan base I hate the Rangers. If they were not on here making all these a$$ hate comments I would have left it alone.

  15. pkswally024 - May 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I find it astonishing how little a life the most of you have. It’s 1:30pm on a Tuesday. Go be a productive member of society and quit talking smack over a GAME.

    • lasallehockey81 - May 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      ….. but you just commented on the same thread after having the time to read all of these comments… get off your soapbox, big guy

    • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      I’m on a two-hour phone meeting tying me to my desk, my team is out of the playoffs, and I’ve got a full coffee mug. What’s your excuse? 😉

  16. hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    It is amazing how a derp can take the time to whine about other people having fun talking smack. Why don’t you go read the bible and leave the smack talking to the professionals. Tell you wife I said hi.

  17. pkswally024 - May 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    My wife’s actually angry with you right now. Since your wife gave Hartnell and I herpes.

    • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Yeah I got it from banging Rod Brind’amour’s wife should have known not to do it but everybody was taking a turn so I figured why not.

  18. hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Or maybe it happened when me and Jeff Carter gang banged Hartnell’s old lady?

  19. philly4lyfe - May 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I went to gm 5 of flyers/devils series in 2010 in jersey when we closed it out. Tix were goin for under face value on stubhub and it was more flyers then devils fans there. And the phillies are notoriously slow starters every year. I’m actually shocked their record is As good as it is without Howard utley or cliff in there.

  20. wicky888 - May 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I honestly can’t get mad and talk trash to Devils fans. With Penguins fans it was fun, I would look forward to it. The Devils just don’t have those players that you HATE anymore. No Scott Stevens, no Ken Daneyko, no Claude Lemieux. And when the Devils fans call us filthy or take shots at our city ….. it really means nothing since they live 90 minutes away (in an even bigger sh!thole called Newark). And their fans (all 72 of them) just arent that obnoxious and really dont bother me. I keep coming to this site every day looking for Penguins fans to verbally assault and embarrass, but it seems like they have all retreated to their mountain-side trailer parks to hibernate for the summer until Steelers season starts. So I say good luck in the series Devils fans, cause even if they beat the Flyers, at least none of us have to hear the Penguins fans anymore.

    • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Well… there’s only one left, but he has a hundred-odd names, so… kinda?

      • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Nope it is a couple of us and yes Newark is a hole but at least it does not smell like used hot dog water here.

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Then what IS that smell???

    • hatetheflyers - May 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Your mom’s bottom lip tell her to scrub that thing out every once in a while.

  21. couturierfellatesguys - May 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    sorry to break the news to you wicky but the soup can army still lives on even know the refs straight cheated filthy right into the second round. the league needs to investigate the refs gambling because this was one of the biggest fixes in sports history. soup can army assemble!!!

  22. GenoPringles - May 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Giroux should probably call the flyers a “dream team” Filthy is an entire city full of premature ejaculators. Can’t wait til this joke squad collapses just like the rest of them. SCA 4L. Will Smith sucks #1975

  23. phillyfreddy215 - May 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    so couturierfella and geno…… who pitches and who catches?

  24. phillyphan83 - May 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    hey mj2, I am a jerseyite(stupid word u made up). I’m from south jersey. I thought you needed a little education about our state. Its called the garden state, and that’s because of SOUTH JERSEY! Do you know why people hate Jersey and talk sh!t on it? Its because of NORTH JERSEY and all the disgusting petrochemical plants and lack of trees! Not to mention Newark, Paterson, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Union, East Orange, Hackensack, New Brunswick and every other disgusting, crime-ridden city in north jersey. South jersey is beautiful, clean and safe. It also doesn’t have the putrid smell associated with north jersey, the REAL hole of the state. Idiot.

    Also, someone said Kansas must be the true armpit of the country…I’ve been there too and its not the armpit, its the taint!

    • cleverbob - May 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Don’t forget Bayonne and all the other crummy Brunswick iterations. Hellholes, all of them, and each one a bigger eyesore than the last.

    • wicky888 - May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      It’s all true. When I ride the train from Hamilton into NYC, you can just see and smell the decline of humanity and civilization as you get further and further north

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